As a seller of a home, whether Piedmont, Oakland or Berkeley, you should consider having a professional home inspection as soon as you make the decision to put your home on the market. 

This concept can be a bit disturbing to many sellers, because, while they are aware of the issues that presently exist in their home that may need attention, they are often concerned that many new things might turn up as a result of this inspection.  Actually, having an immediate inspection may be a good, rather than a bad, thing.  Knowing all the issues about the home will put you in control of the situation.  Here is why:

a. It allows you to make the decision about what you can and cannot afford to fix, and what you should consider negotiating about.

b. It permits you, as the seller, to choose who will inspect your home, rather than turning that decision over to the future buyer.

c. It gives you the opportunity to make corrections on your terms.  You can hire dependable workmen who will be responsible to you, follow your directions, and allow you to control the cost of materials, and the range of repairs.

d. The final reason has to do with the first impression that your home will make on potential buyers.  If, on their first view of your home, they find a string of issues that will need attention, it devalues their appreciation of the many positive things that your home has to offer.

As your agent, I can assist you in making this decision, and advise you in the very best way to present your home for sale.  It will certainly make a significant difference in your final selling price.   

Posted by Bruce Wagg on


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